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First female president of Kentucky Toyota plant hopes to be example for women, bring new vehicle…

Susan Elkington recalls being “scared to death” when she became a production manager at Toyota’s Princeton, Ind. plant while still in her early 30s, overseeing 110 line workers on the night shift. An introvert who grew up on a farm in Huntingburg, Ind. (population 6,057), Elkington drew on the planning skills she learned as a mechanical engineer. She made a schedule of workers to get to know each night, and within three months, she had learned every employee’s first name and [...]

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BMS students draw inspiration from visits to Toyota, BCTC

Bondurant Middle School students got a close look on Thursday at what it takes to work in a modern manufacturing plant. Seventh and eighth graders interested in engineering or science careers received tours of Toyota’s Georgetown factory and the nearby Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus, which specializes in advanced manufacturing. “We wanted them to kind of see the opportunities for different careers in manufacturing and engineering,” said Bondurant STEM teacher James Gary, who gives trimester-long courses in web coding, computer-aided design [...]

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Federal-Mogul Motorsports Will Create 25 Jobs with Glasgow Expansion

Brake manufacturer will produce air disc pads for the commercial vehicle market Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC, a provider to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the automotive aftermarket, will invest more than $8.68 million and create 25 full-time jobs with an expansion of its operation in Glasgow. “Federal-Mogul Motorparts has called Kentucky home for more than 20 years, and has been a dependable employer in Barren County during that time,” Gov. Bevin said. “This investment will allow the [...]

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Takigawa Corp. Japan to Establish First US Operation in Bardstown

Packaging manufacturer will create 180 full-time jobs Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Takigawa Corp. Japan, a flexible packaging and high-performance films producer, will create 180 full-time jobs with a nearly $46 million investment to locate a manufacturing operation in Bardstown, its first in the United States. “Kentucky’s food and beverage industry has grown consistently in recent years, and that momentum continued with the addition of Takigawa,” said Gov. Bevin. “I commend the economic development teams at both the state and local [...]

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2018 Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit Applications Accepted Starting Today

Program continued success in year three, pulled in more than $8.2 million in investments The Kentucky Angel Investment Act Program saw resounding success once again in 2017, boasting more than $8.2 million in investments leveraged for startups and small business in the Commonwealth. The program began accepting applications today from investors for 2018 tax credits. “This program’s continued success shows just how healthy the entrepreneurial spirit in this state is,” said Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. [...]

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Womanufacturing: Three Major Toyota Plants in U.S. Run by Women in 2018

Toyota is announcing the latest in a series of female-led appointments with Susan Elkington slated to take the helm of Toyota’s largest plant in the world, located in Georgetown, Kentucky, beginning in 2018. As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), Elkington will oversee a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines. Toyota’s Kentucky plant was its first wholly-owned vehicle plant in the [...]

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Auto Parts Supplier DAE-IL Corp. to Locate First US Manufacturing Operation in Murray

DAE-IL Corp., a manufacturer of powertrain parts, will invest $50 million and create 120 full-time jobs through the location of its first US facility in Murray, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “We are excited to welcome DAE-IL Corp. to Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are grateful that they chose the commonwealth for their first ever manufacturing operation in the United States. DAE-IL USA will be an excellent addition to our automotive industry and a perfect fit for the dedicated workforce [...]

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TOPY America to Invest $37 Million in Phase-One Upgrades at Franklin County Facility

Automotive wheel manufacturer TOPY America Inc. will invest $37 million in a first round of upgrades at its plant near Frankfort, improving both its efficiency and work environment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “TOPY America is a 30-year mainstay of Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing base and Frankfort’s business community,” said Gov. Bevin. “We are delighted to see the company make such a substantial commitment to improving its operations and the day-to-day experience of its employees. With this investment, TOPY is reaffirming [...]

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Automotive Supplier Taeyang to Establish 76-Job Facility in Franklin

Gov. Matt Bevin announced today Taeyang Metal Industrial Co. Ltd., which makes fasteners and cold-rolled steel products for the automotive industry, will invest nearly $15.6 million and create 76 full-time jobs to establish a manufacturing plant in Franklin, the company’s first in the United States. “Taeyang is a well-respected, global company in the automotive industry and we are grateful that its executives have selected Kentucky for their initial US operation,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are confident Taeyang will find success [...]

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New Flyer of America to Locate Plant in Shepherdsville, Create up to 550 Jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced New Flyer of America Inc. will create up to 550 full-time jobs as it invests $40 million to lease and upgrade a facility for bus parts fabrication in Shepherdsville. “New Flyer’s decision to locate in Kentucky further distinguishes the commonwealth as a top location for engineering and advanced manufacturing in the US,” Gov. Bevin said. “The significant number of jobs coming to Shepherdsville and surrounding communities through this investment will be a major economic driver [...]

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